Despite what you may have assumed as a kid, Easter Sunday is not just about painting eggs and going on Easter egg hunts for candy and money. In fact, there’s no connection between these events and the true meaning of Easter Sunday–the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Son of God.
Jesus Christ, the Lord and savior in the Christian religion, was crucified on Good Friday. Good Friday takes place three days prior to Easter Sunday and is honored by Christians as a day of tragedy and is one of the darkest days of the year. One of Jesus’ followers, Judas Iscariot, betrayed him, leading to Christ’s execution.
When is Easter Sunday?
Last year, Easter Sunday fell on April 16, 2017.
This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 1, 2018.
Next year, Easter Sunday will fall on April 21, 2019.
Why is it called Easter Sunday?
No one actually knows for sure, but the assumption is that it comes from late-seventh-century historian Bede. He stated that Easter derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility, Eostre. The entire month of April, or Eosturmonath, was dedicated to her. Because April was synonymous with the practicing of spring rituals, the connection was made and Easter was named as such.
What is Easter Sunday?
Easter Sunday is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after He was crucified on Good Friday and died on the cross. The egg decorating and egg hunts first came about back in ancient Roman times and began as a way to make Christianity more appealing to non-Christians. To do so, they wanted to add in some spring rituals, which is where the eggs and bunnies come in.
It is often recognized as the holiest day of the year for Christians, showing that Jesus was truly all-powerful and the son of God.
Image of Easter Sunday
Just in case you still need a little more help, here’s a picture that depicts the full timeline of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.